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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2009
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They told me I could get a job doing what I wanted to with this degree. . According to the unemployment office no employer will hire me because they do not see any people with degrees from this school actually having the skills or knowledge to do the job. I am in so much debt with zero opportunity to pay it back I would love a full refund. Wasted my time. I wish I had went to a state university so I could do my career Choices. Now I can't even transfer the credits to go back. Which means more debt.

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tree - 15 days ago

Alita, I am sorry this happened to you. I quite working for AU because of the truths in what you state above. Teachers and students are both exploited by the administrators at AU. Continue to voice!!!

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Preacher mam - 14 days ago

Absolutely true Ryan. Our success depends on our deepest desires. All online colleges are synonymous to convenient stores. Therefore the prices are far higher. In short, i enjoyed my experience at Ashford. It would be an excellent idea to pay the government back with the surplus from the student loans. Spending it will only generate unwanted debt. This is where discipline comes in.

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Degree: Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Graduation Year: 2012
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Had a fantastic experience with Ashford University. I initially started my degree while still on active duty military (using tuition assistance) and then finished my degree a little over a year after I got out using the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Had a couple changes to my academic advisor in my 3+ years of study but each change was very seamless. Each time, I was adequately informed and kept in the loop on everything that would affect me and my studies. Entry was seamless as well and they knew exactly how to process my military status and any special requests or needs I had as a veteran. Collaboration and communication were always very important, at least from my perspective. Overall, I would recommend Ashford to anyone who is looking to enhance their career path, especially adults with children/family or have full-time jobs who can't just drop everything to pursue higher education!

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Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2013
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Ashford is a great school! I just want to warn you if you are planning on becoming a teacher! I went there for my Bachelors & Masters in Early Childhood Education. After I graduated, I call to find out how to get certify for my teaching license because I knew Ashford told us that we will had to get certified on your own. I thought that would not be a problem! Ashford told me to get in contact with SC Department of Education. SC Department of Education told me that Ashford was not an "Regionally Accredited School", so I would have to go to another school that offers Teaching License for students after graduation for at least 2 more years! In other words, they would help you get certify in your state as well as set you up for student teaching as a part of your coursework. When I enter, I knew that they were accredited, but did not know the difference between regionally accredited and accredited at the time. Now I feel that I have wasted all those years with 2 degrees, that will most likely want help me to become a teacher! Just go to a school that is regionally accredited for example: University of phoenix, WGU, Walden or Liberty University. Please read small print and everything!!!

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James - 2 months ago

Actually, Ashford University is regionally accredited. They have the same accreditation that major west coast schools like Stanford and UCLA have.Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org. WSCUC is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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Ashford Alumni - about 2 months ago

I agreed with James that Ashford is "Regionally Accredited". I guess you need to read small prints and everything. :)

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AU Alum - about 1 month ago

SC Dept of Ed is incorrect. Ashford is definitely regionally accredited. If you transferred some courses into Ashford, that might be where the accreditation issue is. The Senior College and University Commission lists this quite clearly. Someone misinterpreted your transcripts. Ashford has always been regionally accredited. Schools always list their accreditation quite clearly on their websites, typically under the about section. Additionally, the various accrediting bodies have directories of schools, or you can call them and ask when a school was accredited. You can view online here: http://www.wascsenior.org/institutions/ashford-university Ashford is going through a fairly typical review with WASC (since they used to be NCA), getting a 5 year accreditation with visits in between. Assuming all goes well, they'd be re-affirmed every 10 years. You can also view self-disclosed info from Ashford: http://www.ashford.edu/about/accreditations_and_associations.htm

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Ryan - about 1 month ago

I wish to add another tidbit of good info to this thread. I keep seeing people complaining that Ashford is only "Regionally Accredited" and not "Nationally Accredited". Hello people! A regional accreditation is actually the best one to have. It means the credits are transferable to almost any college anywhere in the nation. A National accreditation always gums people up because it sounds better, but it's not.

Here's some basic facts about why National is bad:

-Credits not widely accepted in transfer if you later attend a regionally accredited college

-Coursework and degrees may not be widely accepted for professions that require licensing after degree attainment, which might affect those in licensed careers such as teaching, accounting, engineering and healthcare

-Sometimes excluded from corporate tuition plans

-Sometimes provide self-study courses without instructor-led course sessions

(compliments of geteducated.com)

The bottom line is that Nationally accredited schools generally have easier classes, less instructors, and have lower requirements for program completion.

They really should swap the names, but that's the way it is. So, in summary, Regional is best!

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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2016
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I will graduate in January 2016 with my BA degree my experience with Ashford has been excellent. The staff has always been helpful and answered any questions I have had. My advisor changed once in four years and my first advisor let me know she was leaving for a better job and introduced me to the new one. Those that are complaining must not have put any effort into their program, maybe they thought it would be handed to them. I have and will continue to recommend this school to others.

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Shaquetta - 2 months ago

Stay away from this school. They are a fraud and when you call them out on their BS they begin to target you in your classes. The teachers and administration or liars. I was in a class and posted the wrong assignment and the teacher told me I cheated. This was the same day I called my advisior and fin.rep. out on some funding errors they had made. I went to check my assignment and I had to zeros. I am just making note the many errors they have made and the Department of Education and an attorney will be looking at this. I also notice they wait and post grades to see how well you do on an assignment to see what your next grade will be. I have also noticed they are somewhat a racist school and make rules up as they go.

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Degree: Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Othe
Graduation Year: 2012
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I transferred from a brick and mortar school to Ashford in 2010, realizing that I needed a college that was more flexible with my schedule. The professors were very helpful and available to answer any questions you had. Unless given special permission, you take one class every six weeks, which helps you focus solely on that class. This also means that you learn a great deal of material in a short amount of time. If you have gone to a brick and mortar college, think of a summer class. Many of the books are electronic, so you cannot return them. Some of the books have an audio version, while others are strictly digital. (You can always buy IVONA or something similar.) I found that as long as you have your degree, you are just as marketable. Just make sure you research your field to ensure there are a plethora of jobs available for you when get out. Of course, you don't want there to be a negative reason for all of these job openings either, like poor working conditions, low wages, etc. It is a little difficult to find out where to send financial aid. Get that figured out straight away. I lost one of my scholarships because Ashford couldn't figure out where to have the money sent - their online division (Cali) or their physical location. (Yes, I tried multiple times to get this fixed. I just ended up accepting defeat. It was a small scholarship, but even little bit helps.) The school is crazy expensive. Save. Save. Save. Find out where to send the scholarship money and get scholarships. Be careful though because alot of them won't send to online schools. Stinks, doesn't it?! Best part about going to Ashford besides getting my degree: I actually was able to go to graduation!!! (Well, there was a little fiasco at mine because of a storm, but I still went!!) Also, I graduated Summa Cum Laude and am now part of two honor societies!

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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
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I feel like I must warn people of this university. I have completed 95 credit hours with Ashford and yesterday they placed a hold on my account. After several (around 3 phone calls and 2 e-mails sent) I finally got in touch with my advisor. He told me that I needed to take another English class (eng122) or I wouldn't meet graduating requirements. I was told when I started that all of my English credits transferred when I began to take classes. Don't get me wrong, if another English class was required from the beginning I would have done it. The point here is that they waited until I was almost ready to graduate to tell me that I had to pay another $750.00 for this class. I feel like they tried to ripe me off. This is just the most recent issue I've had with Ashford and the one that finally got me fed up. I've had issues with being dropped from classes because the TA office didn't process my TA in a timely fashion, then they would blame it on me for not sending it in on time. Fortunately for me I keep all e-mails and I would send the message I sent them and they would say sorry we must have over looked it. Then I've had issues with most of my advisors (they change a lot) not returning my calls or e-mails for several days. This university has also been on the diploma mill site, found that out yesterday. DO NOT ATTEND Ashford.

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Bossay Williams - 3 months ago

I just checked Diploma Mill just to double check and Ashford is showing as an accredited college.

I completed my undergrad and 5 courses away from receiving my masters...

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Erica - 3 months ago

Ashford is NOT accredited. I was a student from 2010-2011 and I was happy until none of my teachers would respond back to my emails when I had a question on an assignment. Once i was being billed for class i was told I wouldn't have to pay until I graduate. I even signed a contract stating that because if was on financial aid. My friend who works for Ashford in San Diego told me that they were not accredited. I decided to leave the school and I confirmed this with Ashford when they asked why I decided to remove from their program. I told them and they asked who told you that. I said one of your employee actually. They demanded who told me and I said i will not give that information out due to a lawsuit you may try and pursue because you made them all sign a contract to not disclose this information.

When i tried to contact them later on when i received at $20,000 dollar bill for my classes they never returned my emails and calls.

Later on i found out they had a major lawsuit out in 2014 for lying to students about being accredited. So I agree with you DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL.

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Bossay - 3 months ago

I do apologize for your experience with Ashford. The school is accredited and I know that because I have a state job and they only accept degrees for accredited school for validation. If my degree was from a non accredited college, my degree would not be recognized for a government job.

Everyone will lean to their own understandings until they receive valid proof. I can only share my experience to try to help others...

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Cynthia - 2 months ago

I have attended this school since 2012 and in October 2013 I took INF 103 which I got a 2.3 I know Failed it but they just drop my classes last Wednesday while I was starting my third week of my class only to tell me about it almost two years later. I have filed an appeal now I have to wait up to 30 days for a answer. I really do not care about returning because something could have been done sooner and they could have spoke with me first telling what my options were. I told them I would take the class over again so we will see. When it is a major class you have to make a 2,5 or above to pass.

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Monique - about 2 months ago

I had the same issue was suppose to graduate in Nov of this year only for them to tell me I was missing an upper level course that they missed in the beginning. However, I made sure I did't have to pay for it because it was clearly their mistake. Try to contact your advisor and notify them the missing course didn't fall on you because you were told you had everything at the time and notify them that you shouldn't have to pay for that then ask to speak to their boss. They really try to get over on people if people let them. Best of Luck!

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AU Alum - about 1 month ago

My job requires a Master's from a regionally accredited institution, which is what I have. It's not AU's fault if you haven't noticed you failed classes or didn't follow up on your own account.

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Erica - about 1 month ago

First of all Au Alum,

I never failed my classes I passed. If you were reading my post correctly you would have seen that I decided to leave. I also did do my part on following up they just never responded until I left the school. Please learn to properly read a post before you comment on them.

-Erica

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AU Alum - about 1 month ago

You not finishing your courses doesn't make AU unaccredited. It is accredited. Your review is uninformed and uneducated and misrepresents the school to fellow students.

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AU Dropout - 7 days ago

I failed a class. My own fault really. I thought I could keep up and finish it even with a cancer diagnosis in my family, but I just couldn't finish all of my assignments on time. I figured that, like at previous schools, I would just retake the class in a future semester. Then the financial aid office called and told me that I had to pay $1400 to take the class again. They said it was not considered a successful attempt and that I could not receive any further financial aid until I successfully completed 4 classes (a full semester). I have NEVER had an issue like that at any other school. I have always just taken the class a second time (paid for again by financial aid) and that was that. There are limits on the number of semesters you can get grants now, so it shouldn't be an issue. If I fail, I try again. If I run out of funds, I get loans or pay out of pocket. No big deal right? Not at Ashford. I was told I can't continue until I pay for another class out of pocket. I decided I would complete the semester, withdraw and transfer to another school. Meanwhile, because I had decided to withdraw, I did not send them my FAFSA. The financial aid office started calling me at least once a day reminding me about it. I told them I was not returning after the current semester and they said there was no way to stop the calls until I was officially withdrawn...which doesn't happen until your final grade has posted. Two months of daily phone calls from financial aid? Really? No thank you. So I just withdrew immediately and am done with them! Goodbye Ashford! I am going somewhere where am treated with respect and not harassed on a daily basis!

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Degree: Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Graduation Year: 2011
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I graduated in 2011, yes I have significant debt but I am happy to have the degree. I am now poised to enter a graduate program. I will choose another on-line school because of the flexibility offered in this type of education. I liked the pace, there was a rhythm predictable two responses to my classmates posts and one every week written by me, two 1000 word papers and a final paper. I have attended class on campus at other schools and I realize there is a difference, you must be disciplined to finish a degree on-line.

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Degree: Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Graduation Year: 2014
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I obtained both BA in Organizational Management & Accounting and MA in Organizational Management. Throughout the years of study my academic advisor, financial advisor and instructors were informative as well as assisted in keeping me on track. However, often times we encounter individuals who are not good fit to our personalities and/or needs. There was a few times one of the staff members was not a fit in handling my situation. The result of the matter was immediately rectified either reassigning a staff member or switching a course. My overall experience with Ashford University was rewarding. The coursework applied to today’s global workforce, economy, and daily living.

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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2014
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I thought Ashford was a very good school. While I have no complaints about the staff, I do think that the educational material should go more in depth into the topics. Of course, some teachers were better than others, but overall the school was good.

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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2009
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First of all I loved Ashford. It may be a bit expensive , but college is. If you are in an online program, expect a stigma, but times are changing, more and more universities have online programs, this is a fact. I transfered classes from junior college and a SWAC university, all the professors had master degrees and my advisor never changed. I received all they promised, my advisor even advised on the cost!!!! I am proud to say that I graduated from Ashford with honors and my employer does not look down on it, I put in the blood, sweat and tears to get a degree, period!!! I could go on on, just wanted to add that some of the Negativity is not founded. Remember that folks that have a negative experience are more likely to voice an opinion, For me it was great and now I am experiencing the rewards of my hard work.

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